An alert from the Illinois Great Rivers conference offices.



(Laurie Fuller reading to Kakata Farmington Dist. children, Jan. 2013; Photo by Bunny Wolfe)


  • May families suffering from Ebola experience healing and peace.
  • May people lacking knowledge understand safety precautions.
  • May struggling health infrastructures receive needed assistance.
  • May Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea borders remain calm.
  • May food and goods continue to flow into blockaded areas.
  • May an effective treatment become available for all.
  • May a vaccine be developed to eliminate future outbreaks.
  • May Ebola be contained.
  • May peace prevail.
  • May God have mercy.


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       UMCOR #982450 – Ebola Response

UMCOR is working with conference health boards in West Africa and with organizations working in the effected region.


  • This is the largest Ebola outbreak in history.
  • Although Ebola was discovered in the Congo in 1976, it has never been in any of the West African countries before this current outbreak.
  • Researchers believe that the first human case of the 2014 Ebola out-break is linked to a child who died Dec 6, 2013 in Guinea.  However, other cases emerged from trappers in contact with infected bush meat.
  • The origin of the virus is unknown but fruit bats are considered the likely host of the Ebola virus.
  • In the 2014 West African outbreak, the majority of cases in humans have occurred as a result of human to human transmission.
  • Ebola is spread through contact with body fluids of an infected person.
  • There is currently no specific treatment to cure the disease.
  • There is no licensed medicine or vaccine for Ebola virus disease, but several products are under development.
  • The risk of a tourist becoming infected with Ebola virus during a visit to the effected areas is extremely low.
  • When the medical professionals determine it is okay for the patient to return home, that individual is no longer infectious and cannot infect anyone else in their communities.
  • Inadequate health infrastructure, poor sanitation, traditional customs, misunderstanding for the need of isolation, lack of knowledge on how the virus spreads and denial to the reality of Ebola all contribute to the current rapid and continual spread of the virus.
I am the pastor at Hudson UMC